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Om Gam Ganapataye Namah
Each morning at 3am in Kadavul temple, one of our monks performs an abhishekam to Lord Ganesha. The Lord of Categories is invoked, bathed in fresh water, oiled, and offered songs, incense, and fresh cut fruit and flowers. He is then dressed for the day based on his daily color which the monk can find in our panchangam calendar. Well before sunrise Ganesha's grace fills the temple and prepares it lovingly for the coming day. This month our 3am pujari has been taking the occasional photo following Lord Ganesha's Alankaram. Here is Lord Ekadanta's darshan from the last 15 days accompanied by verses from Auvaiyar Ma, the 9th century Tamil saint.
"The God with the elephantine visage I shall never forget--Shankara's son, with massive belly and the thodu in His ear, the Lord who gave His grace to Indra, of whom mantra is His very form." Yogaswami's Natchintanai
Read Loving Ganesha
Namaste everyone, today we want to take another look into our Character Building Workbook and highlight a few lessons to reflect on.
Why would we reflect on our character? Living dharmicly, or living virtuously, means our actions reflect our values. In order for our actions to reflect our values we actually need to have values. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami says in his Oct/Nov/Dec, 2016, Hinduism Today Publisher's Desk "In its most general sense, dharma is that which sustains the orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny."
Character is something we all need to work on and it's not usually something that comes naturally. While we move about through today's hectic world, we need to constantly remind ourselves that in order to fulfill our dharma we must continue nurturing our character, build values and act accordingly.
The monks gathered around this morning to worship Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami in Kadavul Temple. The early morning rituals are a delight for the monks, it gives them a chance to divine the divine. Our normal meditation is put on hold for one day while the monks take pause and give thanks to our founder. Thank you Gurudeva.
Pumpkins have been out of season for some time here at the aadheenam, but recently one of our pumpkin patches has begun producing some big ones! These are Mauritius Pumpkins and are soft and sweet, perfect for a sweet and savory curry. Because of there massive size, one pumpkin can make up to four dishes or more. It's always nice to see (and taste) the success of our Siddhidatta Kulam monk's efforts in the growing of our fresh organic foods. Jai Ganesha!
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